Shipments of asbestos waste to Portugal more than tripled in 2019

The amount of asbestos-containing trash shipped to Portuguese landfills from abroad more than tripled last year, alarming environmentalists and locals alike due to the carcinogenic and other health risks from the material.
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Scranton, Pennsylvania, school officials charged with hiding lead, asbestos problems

The former superintendent of a Pennsylvania school district and two other officials have been charged with felony child endangerment over allegations they knew about lead and asbestos contamination in the schools but failed to do anything about it.

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Let's get asbestos ban through Congress now

The time for legislative maneuvering and the escaping of accountability for this environmental hazard, has passed.

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NSW property developer charged just $563 after allegedly dumping tonnes of asbestos-contaminated waste

Environment Protection Authority says Maas Group Properties is alleged to have transported building waste from Sydney to the Southlakes housing estate in Dubbo
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Revealed: asbestos-contaminated waste found in landscaping material at new Sydney housing estate site

Whistleblowers say contaminated soil was used to make 'turf underlay' at Oran Park site, a development of 25,000 homes.

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Former New Windsor, NY, officials under grand jury investigation over asbestos

The investigation is in connection with the demolition of former Army barracks in 2015 without the required removal of hazardous asbestos.

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Asbestos devastated Libby, Montana. Now COVID-19 hangs in the air.

The Center for Asbestos Related Disease estimates about one in ten residents in the Libby area are currently diagnosed with asbestos-related disease.

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BAPE calls for stricter standards on workplace exposure to asbestos

Quebec's standard for acceptable workplace exposure to asbestos fibres is currently 10 times higher than the rest of Canada.

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EPA says it will start asbestos, PCB cleanup of former Kaiser smelter in Mead this week

Federal environmental regulators began work this week to clean up asbestos and potential cancer-causing chemicals.

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US transfers care for towns polluted with asbestos to state

Montana regulators are taking over in two northwestern Montana towns where lung-damaging asbestos contamination has been blamed in hundreds of deaths.

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Women with cancer awarded billions in baby powder suit

An appellate court in Missouri upheld more than $2 billion in damages against Johnson & Johnson, saying the company knew there was asbestos in its baby powder.
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Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $2.1 billion in baby powder lawsuit

The court slammed the company while reducing the overall amount of required damages.
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Unremediated Yukon asbestos mine poses health hazards, flood risk 42 years after closing

Clinton Creek doesn't get the level of attention other major mine clean-ups in the territory do, but it could become a big problem, especially for a small Alaskan city downstream.

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Advisers say many exposed to asbestos omitted from EPA analysis

The EPA’s analysis of asbestos underestimates the extent to which people are exposed to the mineral and its potential to cause cancer and other diseases, an agency science advisory panel said.
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Portion of Libby cleanup delisted

Another portion of the Libby Asbestos Superfund Site was recently deleted from the National Priorities List after officials with several environmental agencies determined all required cleanup activities were complete.
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